Sunshine seizes state medals

Published 10:57 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NEWBERN – Sunshine brought home gold, silver and bronze for the first time Saturday after its track team medaled in three events at the state meet in Gulf Shores.

“It’s the first time Sunshine High has ever medaled in a track event,” SHS coach Germini Akinwumi said of the accomplishment.

Sophomore Jermarkis Teacher took silver in the 100-meter dash and beat out teammate Shaun McCalpine to take gold in the 200.

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“I knew going in it was going to be me and Jermarkis neck and neck,” McCalpine said of the 200-meter dash. “I’m just glad one of us took it.”

McCalpine took silver in the event. The tandem formed one half of the school’s 4-by-100-meter relay team.

Along with seniors Kevin Young and Quincy Bryant, the pair also helped bring home the bronze for Sunshine High.

“It felt really good,” Bryant said. “This is my first year coming out for track.”

The meet culminates the prep career of Young.

“I’ve been running track for four years,” Young said. “I was happy to finally go to state and medal.”

Bryant and Young each plan to participate in a summer track program in a hopes of honing their skills and earning a track and field scholarship.

McCalpine and Teacher figure to return to Sunshine track in 2010.

“Next year, we’re going to come out with the intention of winning state and taking everything,” McCalpine said.

Akinwumi credited volunteer assistant Eddie Scott with much of the squad’s progress throughout the season.